Narconon - Staff Party - Gun Suicide

Prior to pulling the trigger and taking his own life, this young man and father to a young child, had been through the Narconon Trois-Rivieres treatment center multiple times with no success.
By: Smart People Today
Nov. 24, 2010 - PRLog -- Party at Narconon Staff Apartment – One Dead

(Part Four - Final)

Summary/Recap of first Three Parts:

- Prior to pulling the trigger and taking his own life, this young man and father to a young child, had been through the Narconon Trois-Rivieres treatment center multiple times with no success. Indeed, a sad event that stirred many emotions and left a child fatherless.

- The party raged; the gun was passed over the balcony, and death.

- Unfortunately, many of the Narconon Trois-Rivieres staff living at this apartment complex, were only recent graduates themselves and unbeknown to the executives, had relapsed.

- There are strict policies in place at nearly every reputable drug treatment center concerning staff member relationships with patients. It is absolutely forbidden and against all ethical and professional conduct when employed at a treatment center, to have any relationship, especially intimately with a patient while they are in treatment and even post program.

- Did the staff at Narconon Trois-Rivieres cross ethical lines of social patient relationships? In my opinion, yes indeed they did, and many vulnerable and ill patients suffered the dire consequences.

- Staff and ex-patient parties involving alcohol and cocaine, are a recipe for death and seems incomprehensible that the staff were employees of a rehab center– Narconon.


Are some Narconon patients exploited for their value to this cult organization and does this abuse of authority cause undue harm? In my opinion it does, and needs to be addressed by government and health agencies without delay, before another dies. Addiction treatment centers must have accredited facilities and qualified staff members to treat vulnerable and ill patients in their care. There should be no exceptions whatsoever.

Wikipedia defines exploitation as : “a persistent social relationship in which certain persons are being mistreated or unfairly used for the benefit of others. This corresponds to one ethical conception of exploitation, that is, the treatment of human beings as mere means to an end—or as mere "objects".

In different terms, "exploitation" refers to the use of people as a resource, with little or no consideration of their well-being.”

At Narconon, graduate patients are designated as “Products.” Graduate patients doing well are classed as “Valuable Final Products” or VFP’s. Even as a “Wog”, (a scientology term used as a disparaging word for non-scientologists), the patients have value when doing well and can contribute in any form to further the survival of their scientology group.

Unfortunately, this is where the exploitation can be devastating to a patient nearing their program completion or once they graduate; especially when the patient has many past years of addiction and other psychological issues. The patients I interviewed were in fear of returning to their old environment and many of their apprehensions were notable and visible. This is not the time to enter into an intimate relationship with a staff member of any treatment center in which the patient was being treated. On the contrary, further qualified after care and counseling is in order in almost every case to prevent a relapse.

In July 2011, Narconon Trois-Rivieres will have to meet strict standards set by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services and be “Accredited” to continue operating as an addiction treatment center. Will they be able to meet these standards? I doubt it.

The story of this young man’s death and untold other incidents of abuse, mistreatment, neglect, and exploitation of the vulnerable, may be but a sad memory for many, but they will not be forgotten.

By: David Edgar Love

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Born on the West Coast of British Columbia, David Edgar Love now resides in the Montreal area. David formed a charitable organization in 1990 and was the Director of a rehabilitation center for substance abuse. He then completed a University of British Columbia Real Estate Course and was employed as a Realtor and Sub-Mortgage Broker for more than six years. David's life is fulfilled doing research on public safety, culture, disease and illness, and strives to help persons with human rights and freedoms issues.

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